The Guaymas chronicles : la mandadera / David E. Stuart.

Stuart, David E. [Browse]
1st ed.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2003], ©2003.
xiii, 394 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


Summary note
"Stuart's memoir is an eye-opening celebration of working-class Mexico, seen from the inside, a brilliant examination of what Mexico means to an American and what America means to the extended family of Mexicans who surround and protect him." "After months of anthropology field work in Ecuador, Stuart returns to Guaymas with broken bones and a broken heart, finding comfort in the cafes and night spots along the waterfront." "Dubbed El Guero (Whitey) on the street, Stuart drifts into la movida, the world of hustlers, politicians, police officials, businessmen and street urchins who do the things to get around the obstacles in a society designed to benefit only a few." "But in a 1970 Mexico where a $500 bribe and a two-year wait might get you a telephone, he needs help. He meets a headstrong shoeshine girl and makes her his messenger, his mandadera. A scrawny 11 year-old orphan named Lupita, she is complicated, street-brilliant and utterly fascinating." "She becomes his confessor, confidante and junior business partner, working her magic on the street by bribing customs officials, making deals for tires, fans, blenders and other fayuca (contraband) unavailable at fair prices in Mexico. Meanwhile, Mexico provides its daily realities in full measure."--BOOK JACKET.
  • 1. Return to Sonora
  • 2. In Limbo
  • 3. Playas Primaverales
  • 4. Two Hotels
  • 5. Carving a Niche
  • 6. A Wife for Edward Myers
  • 7. A Week Filled with Women
  • 8. Setting the Course
  • 9. You Gotta Do Things for People
  • 10. La Movida
  • 11. The Best Mandadera in Mexico
  • 12. To Kino Bay
  • 13. The Last Sunday
  • 14. The Tempests
  • 15. Darkness in Paradise.
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